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Major News and Events of 05 February 2013

What Happened on 05 February 2013

Iron rod thrust into teenager's mouth during rape attempt

A Class 9 student valiantly fought a rape attempt in her house in south Delhi's Lajpat Nagar by an electricity contractor. The person had come to her house to take his monthly dues, finding her alone in the house he attempted to rape her and when he was not successful then he thrust an iron rod into her throat to silence her cries for help.Her neighbors came to her help but till that time the accused had fled. He was arrested later on by the police. She has got serious injuries in her mouth and bruises on the neck. A throat surgery was done on her. 

Kingfisher's third quarter loss was at Rs.755 crore

Debt-ridden Kingfisher Airlines has registered a net loss of Rs.755 crore for the third quarter of the current financial year. Due to labor issues and suspension of the passenger carrier's flying licence in October 2012 the airlines had to withheld operations. Its auditors - B.K. Ramadhyani & Co. specified that the loss would have been Rs.1,090 crore if the airline had utilized the prevailing accounting standards in India. The accounting method deployed by Kingfisher to calculate costs made upon maintenance and repairs of aircraft were not in conformance with generally accepted accounting standards prevalent in India and they were not used in the quarter under review. As per a regulatory filing at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), the airline stated it suffered Rs.401 crore on finance costs and Rs.182 crore on aircraft leasing charges during the quarter under review. The company's scrip at the BSE dipped by 0.13 points - or 1.04 percent - at Rs.12.41 per share from its previous close of Rs.12.54.The financial debt  of the company is about Rs.8,000 crore to a consortium of banks, aircraft leasing companies, airport operators, oil marketing companies and other vendors. Employees' dues also have not been cleared for several months.

Delhi gang-rape trial starts, victim's father demands death penalty for accused

A fast-track court started the trial against the five accused in the Delhi gang-rape case. The case began 50 days after the 23 year old was brutally gang raped. Her father demanded death penalty for the six accused. The fast-track court of Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna began day-to-day trial in the case after framing charges of murder, gang-rape and kidnapping against the five accused. The Juvenile Justice Board will hear the case of the juvenile accused. The gang-rape victim's male friend, a software engineer, who was also assaulted on that day appeared as a witness in the court on a wheelchair along with his father. An additional charge sheet was also filed by the police that included the autopsy report of the physiotherapy intern. 

Sardar will be leading India in Hockey World League

Sardar Singh will be leading India's 18-man squad Hockey India in the Hero Hockey World League Round 2 which will be played at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi from Feb 18-24. Hockey India selector Syed Ali, chief coach Michael Nobbs and exercise physiologist Jason Konrath as well as government observer Harbinder Singh selected the team and six standbys as per their performance in the ongoing Hockey India League. VR Raghunath will be the vice-captain of the team.The preparatory camp for the event will begin from Feb 11.Hosts India (FIH World Ranking 11) will be playing against Ireland (15), China (18), Oman (36), Bangladesh (40) and Fiji (71) in the round-robin tournament. The first match is against Fiji Feb 18 followed by matches against Oman (Feb 20), Ireland (Feb 21), China (Feb 23) and Bangladesh (Feb 24). All India matches will be night matches. 

Milkha Singh took one rupee for biopic!

Flying Sikh Milkha Singh charged only one rupee from Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra so that a film on his life can be made but the unique aspect of the currency note is that it was printed in 1958, when the athlete won the first gold medal for independent India in the Commonwealth Games. The biopic titled "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag" has actor Farhan Akhtar in the lead role and is scheduled for a July release. As money was not Milkha's priority so something special was thought for him. The legendary athlete wants "it should be made in such a way that it inspires more youngsters to earn medals in athletics". The rupee one note was like a souvenir for Milkha Singh.

Science museum in the name of the gang-rape victim

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation will have a science museum named after the young woman who died after her gang-rape in December. The museum, which will be constructed in R.K. Puram in south Delhi, will be in honor of the 23-year-old whose trauma led to widespread protests. The father of the victim has given his approval to name the museum after his daughter. It was also stated that all the three corporations in the capital would give a total of Rs.15 lakh to the family of the victim.

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